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Vahey, Elsie

VAHEY, Elsie

1930 - 2024

VAHEY, Elsie (Gorman) nee Catt – It is with great sadness the family of Elsie (Gorman) Vahey announce her passing at Teck-Pioneer Residence on Friday May 3, 2024 at the age of 93.

 Elsie was predeceased by her parents James and Mary Catt (McCarty), her siblings Mary Snedden, James Catt and George Catt, her husband Ed Gorman, her second husband Herb Vahey, in-laws, Dorcus Teeple, Faye Moxam, Sonny Gorman and Gail Rhoda.

 Elsie is survived by her children Lyn Gorman (Keith Barrington) of New Foundland, Bob (Paulette) Gorman, Gail McGibbon (late Dan), Dave (Debbie) Gorman of Brampton as well as several nieces and nephews. Also survived by her “chosen sister” Betty Stewart (Wayne), her stepdaughter Sharon Vahey of North Bay, her sisters-in-law Floy Catt, Lois Catt, Gloria Laporte, and brother-in-law Don Moxam.

 She leaves 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

 Elsie was described as a beautiful woman who was loved by everyone she met. Her dedication to her family and community was a testament to her values. An entrepreneur, Elsie and her husband built and operated a Chrysler Dealership, West End Motors in 1968, the current location of Lakeshore Motors. Later Elsie, along with her daughter Gail, would teach crafts and held quilting classes to many in the community.

 She was a member of the Kirkland & District Hospital Auxiliary, and a long-time member of the Catholic Woman's League.

 As an avid outdoors woman, Elsie enjoyed many years with Ed at the cottage on Kenogami Lake. The road going to their cottage was named Gorman Road for the hard work she and Ed did to maintain the road throughout the years.

 Elsie also enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends, to Hawaii, Bahamas, Ireland and Italy just to name a few.

 In Lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie's memory may be made to the Teck-Pioneer Residence – Activity Fund (145 A Government Road East, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P4).

Celebration of Life:

Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative – French Family Chapel

111 Burnside Drive, Kirkland Lake, ON

Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 10:00 – 11:00 am


Kirkland Lake Cemetery


Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative – French Family Chapel

111 Burnside Drive, Kirkland Lake, ON

All are welcome to return to the funeral home lounge where a time of fellowship and refreshments.

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Bob and Paulette.

Condolences. We are thinking of you.

John and Kathy, May 5, 2024

Gail and the Gorman Family

So sorry for your loss. Loosing a mother is never easy it no matter what earthly age they achieve. The one comforting thing you know is that she will be reunited with your Dad and smiling as they remember all of their good times together especially the love of their children.

Don and Deb Strachan, May 5, 2024

Bob and Paulette Gorman

Sending our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your Mom. It's never easy to say Goodbye. xo

GAYLE M FISHER, May 5, 2024

Bob, Paulette, Gail and family

Sincere condolences to you all, Elsie lived a great life, may she rest in peace!

Estelle Dupont, May 5, 2024

The Family

Such a wonderful lady! I have a special place in my heart for her. Sincere Condolences to her family. Love and Hugs Cheryl and Barry Selwood

Cheryl Selwood, May 5, 2024

The Gorman-Vahey Family and Friends

Elsie is at Peace now. . I will cherish our Friendship with Memories of our Golfing days, in and out of town, and also learning how to do Paper Toll together out in King Kirkland, but most of all... her smile when I visited her at TPR, she always smiled when I talked about golf.. Condolences to all Family and Friends. RIP my Friend.

Judy (Cale) Gervais, May 5, 2024

Lyn, Bob, Gail,David and family

I am sorry to read of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Cathy Le Clerc , May 5, 2024

The Gorman Family

So sorry to hear of Mrs Gorman's passing. She was a lovely lady and so pretty! I knew her through Lyn and Gail since high school and took craft lessons from her. Thinking of all of you at this time.

Barb Dickinson, May 5, 2024


We are thinking of you at this sad time Lyn. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman and it sounds like you are carrying on in her footsteps in many ways. All our sympathies, Susan and Adrian.

Susan Hollett, May 5, 2024

Lyn and Keith

Lyn, Keith and all the family. My sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I was very fortunate to have met her and experience her friendliness and good humour. May she Rest In Peace.

Walter Manning , May 5, 2024

Lyn and Keith and family

So sorry for your loss.

June Mills, May 5, 2024

Elsies Family

She was one of the most beautiful ladys with the biggest heart. I loved and will miss her dearly xo

Kathy Ennis, May 5, 2024

Bob and Gorman family

Please accept our sympathies.

Bill Glover and family, May 5, 2024

Gorman Family

Visited with Elsie often at TPR. She was a lovely woman and always had a smile for me. I will miss her.

Anna Belluz, May 6, 2024

Gail and Family

Oh Gail, I am so terribly sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sending you big hugs.

Tammy, May 6, 2024

Gail, Bob Gorman and Family

Although greatly missed and loved, may sweet memories of your Mom comfort you at this time. You are in our thoughts from the Duffett families.

Les and Fran Duffett , May 6, 2024

Gail and family

My deepest sympathy. Elsie was a great lady. Still have some crafts she helped me with.

Doris Uhrayn, May 6, 2024

Gail, Bob and the Gorman family,

So sad to hear of your mother's passing. I will always remember her beautiful smile. Sending hugs with deepest sympathies.

Debbie & Richard, May 6, 2024

Gail, Bob, Paulette, and Family

Thinking of you during this very sad difficult time

May the Love of Family, Friends
And all your great memories
Bring you some comfort

Huguette ( Héroux ) Parcher

Huguette Parcher , May 6, 2024

Lyn. Bob, Gail and David

I wish I could make it back to be with you. Unfortunately my health does not allow it but my thoughts are with you. I loved my Aunt always. She always had an ear to listen and sound advice when asked. She always had a “ love you” any timed we talked or saw one another. She was an amazing lady and a good sister to my mom.
Her place in heaven is ensured.
Take care. Love you

Linda Sneddon ( Shail ), May 6, 2024

Gail and families

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I still remember the home baked goodies she would make for the nurses especially on Mother's Day. There was never a crumb left. May she rest in peace.

Heather Bailey, May 6, 2024

The Gorman and Vahey families.

I am so sorry for the passing of your mom. I was fortunate to have met her and spent a little time with her, over the last couple years. Wonderful, strong , smart lady.

I am so sorry.

Brian Waldron, May 7, 2024

The Gorman Family

What a beautiful lady. So sad to hear of her passing. Condolences to the Gorman family.
Sharon and Murray

Murray Clark, May 7, 2024

David and Deb Gorman

I spent a very long time trying to think of the right words to say.
Loosing your Mom is monumental.
She was a beautiful, strong fearless Mom, wife and Mother.
She raised a good man.
We all love you.
I wrote a whole long story and posted it in Facebook.
Unfortunately I repeatedly tried ,to copy and paste in this site but it wouldn’t work.
Our thoughts will be with you all on Thursday.
You were very fortunate to have such an amazing Mom.
Elsie enjoy your journey, heaven will love you.
Cathy, Debbie and David’s sister in law.

Cathy westcott, May 7, 2024

Dave Gorman

I’m so terribly sorry at the loss of your beautiful Mom! I have heard so many wonderful stories of Elsie over the years and was so very impressed that she sold her condo and bought a house at 90, what a true inspiration! My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I’m so truly sorry! Rest in paradise Elsie, or show them how to have fun! ️

Brenda Carroll, May 7, 2024

Vahey Family

I am saddened to hear of Elsie’s passing. During our crossing, I came to know Elsie as a kind, soft spoken lady. Elsie always offered a warm smile and an occasional quick joke I’d never see coming. I remember Elsie helping me fold napkins; I came back to a perfect pile, finished with a bunny ornament positioned like it was the one who did the job. It brought a smile to my face and is one of the impacts I carry in my heart when thinking of her. It was a gesture only a loving mother and grandmother would think of doing. Another time I shared joy sharing with Elsie that my grandfather was the principal in a graduation photo of one of her children posted on her bulletin board - a soothing reminder of the comforts of a small community. Sending my love to family and friends as you mourn the physical loss of a beautiful soul.

- Elizabeth Snow (former TPR life enrichment aid)

Elizabeth Snow , May 7, 2024

Gail and famiky

Dean, myself and our family extended our deepest sympathies to you all on the loss of your dear mom. I hope your treasured memories help to ease your pain over time. Heaven has gained another angel.

Tracy and Dean Waldron, May 8, 2024


So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing….please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences during these challenging times….I will always remember her beautiful smile and how it was never about her but about all those around her….truly an amazing inspiration to all…hopefully, cherishing those wonderful memories you all have of your mom will somewhat ease your pain and yes she could play one heck of a game of Canasta….Elsie …Rest In Peace beautiful Lady, will never forget you.

Joe and Tanja

Joseph Wojtus, May 8, 2024

Gail and family

So sorry for your loss. Elsie was a beautiful woman in so many ways. I will always remember her kindness. I will treasure the painting she gave me. R.I. P. Elsie

Julia doyon, May 8, 2024

Gorman Families

I was so sorry to hear of Elsie's passing. My sympathy to her children and their families . She was a lovely and talented woman and it was such a pleasure to chat with her when she was out and about in her better days. My thoughts and prayers to all who will miss her.
Ines Robazza, Joe and Carlo.

Ines Robazza, May 8, 2024

To the Gorman family

Elsie was a wonderful lady. I hold dear to my heart the memories of spending time with her at the craft shop in King Kirkland when I was a child. Countless hours making crafts and learning about all the amazing things she had there. She will be greatly missed.

Amanda Ennis, May 8, 2024

Elsie family

Condolences to all she was a wonderful woman. So sorry for your loss.

Lorrie Brough, May 9, 2024

The Gorman family

My sincere condolences in your loss. May all your wonderful memories console you as you move forward through this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

Robin Marshall, May 9, 2024


Saying goodbye to your mom is something we only do once. I know that even if it seems that it is timely, it is still difficult.

Take care Gail

Love, Fran and Jim.

Fran Hogan, May 10, 2024